Laois Walks Festival takes off for July Picture by Kevin Byrne.
The 17th annual Laois Walks Festival is in full swing and people from all over the county are gathering for organised walks and fun family walks in the long evenings and at the weekend.
The good weather is complimenting the festival which sees a host of Laois walking locations showcased in well thought out routes across woodlands, bog, canal, mountain and scenic country roads.
A total of 27 walks will take place throughout the month of July with 249 km of ground covered in Laois. Here are just some of the upcoming walks to join. Walks are €2 to take part in or €25 for a festival ticket. See the full programme below.
Saturday July 7 take on the Rock of Dunamase/Dysart Wood 10km trail with wonderful views and beautiful woodlands. The walk starts at 2.30pm from Dysart Woods car park.
Explore 10km of the forest at Oakvale Woods in Stradbally on Sunday, July 8 starting from the wood car park at 2.30pm.
A 7km Mountmellick family walk will be held on Monday evening, July 9 from 7.30pm. Meet at the MDA, this walk is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.
Venture through the beautiful woodlands near Castle Durrow on Saturday, July 14 from 2.30pm. Meet at Capponellan Woods car park.
Walk along the Grand Canal in Fisherstown and down the Barrow valley passing moored boats and grain stores to the village of Vicarstown on Tuesday, July 17. This 12km walk starts at 7.30pm from the Fisherstown Inn.
See the full line up of walks below.